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Monday, 18 August 2014

La Table de la Bergerie: early October 2013

 Sign at the entrance to Domaine de la Bergerie 
and La Table de la Bergerie

Early last October we ate at La Table de la Bergerie run by chef David Guitton, who is married to Anne Guégniard, who now runs Domaine de la Bergerie with her parents Yves and Marie-Yannick. It is very unusual in the Loire to have a restaurant attached to a wine estate and it is especially unusual to have one of this quality. 

We chose the menu which included an appropriate wine from the domaine with each course. Unfortunately I have forgotten the details of what we ate but do remember that it was impressively good. I have eaten here on several occasions and have always had excellent meals. 

 2011 Les Pierres Girard, Anjou

Les Pierres Girard, which was served with the first course, is 100% Chenin Blanc from old vines – some as old as 100 years from the vineyard just to the east of the winery.  

Old vine Chenin with vines around 100 years old 

La Croix Picot, Savennières: from a vineyard 
overlooking in the Loire in the east of the appellation
Served with second course

Duck breast with figs 
(above and below)

Evanescence, Anjou Villages: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
The power and concentration to match the duck

Cheese course with a glass of 2010 
Clos le Grand Beaupréau Savennières

2010 Clos Le Grand Beaupréau, Savennières

Clos Le Grand Beaupréau is the vineyard that the Guégniard's share with Vincent and Catherine Ogereau and Claude and Joëlle Papin. The vineyard is up on the plateau and the wine tends to be richer and fuller than La Croix Pichot.   


2010 Quarts de Chaume
Served with the desserts
Lovely Q de C from a very good vintage – concentration and great balance


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